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The New Zealand Transport Agency is in the final stages of assessing the Manawatu Gorge Road to  understand the risk to other users.

The road through the gorge has been shut since 2017 due to large slips, and a new highway is under construction.

Tararua Mayor Tracey Collis says there is a strong desire throughout the region to have this road made available for recreational use.

Waka Kotahi are looking into the safety of the road for recreational users, and is also looking at maintenance and how this is funded.

The agency will forward its assessment to the board of Waka Kotahi and the Minister of Transport.

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It is looking likely tomorrow’s Surfing for Farmers event at Porangahau Beach will be called off due to the weather and heavy swells.

Surfing for Farmers returned for 2021/2022 last week at Pourerere, with organiser Andy Lee saying around 30 people attended.

He said there were a number of first-time surfers, who all received some tuition before hitting the water.

Anyone who was planning on attending tomorrows event at Porangahau is asked to monitor the Surfing for Farmers Facebook page for updates.

Further events are planned early next year.

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Thirteen businesses from Waipawa and Waipukurau are seeking votes from the public for their Xmas shop window displays.

Each participating business has a scannable QR code, which will take the public to a voting page for their favourite shop window display.

A voting page is also up on the Central Hawke’s Bay District Council website.

Votes will be taken up to and including Monday December 20, with winners announced the following day.

Meanwhile the Dannevirke Community Board Christmas Tree Extravaganza has opened to the public.

Businesses and organisations from Dannevirke have decorated trees which are on public display at Rawhiti Lodge Hall from 10am to 2pm daily until Christmas Eve.

There are also two late nights – December 15th and 22nd from 6 to 9pm.

Those going are asked to vote for their favourite tree.

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With a number of parcels being delivered to homes at present, CHB Police are advising people to ensure that packages are put somewhere out of sight if they are not around when they arrive.

Last month a person at a property on Great North Road in Waipawa saw a package had been delivered, but was busy at the time, and left it for a while.

Senior Constable Andy Walker said when they went to collect it, someone had ripped it open, taken what was inside, leaving behind the packaging and a note from the persons grandson that had been in it.

Mr Walker says people getting packages delivered to have them put out of sight so someone walking along the street can’t see them.